The Bulgarian surrender and subsequent re-entry into the war on the side of the Allies left the German positions in the Balkans in disarray. Army Group F was entrusted with keeping a withdrawal route open for forces in Geece and Albania. Elements of the the 7th SS Prinz Eugen Division took up positions in the Rabicka Gora Mountains. Before long, the familiar whine of German 105mm artillery could be heard, but this time the shells were incoming. German-made weapons were being turned against them by their former ally. Soon came German panzers, but with Bulgarian markings. Trucks with mounted infantry accompanied the tanks. Fortunately for the Prinz Eugen Division, it had been augmented with “88s” that had been withdrawn from the Ploesti oilfields after Romania’s defection to the Allies.
Attacker: Bulgarian (2nd Army)
Defender: German (SS) (3rd Bataillon, 13th Regiment, 7th SS Division Prinz Eugen and 3rd Company (FlaK), 7th Panzerjäger Bataillon and remnants of the Ploesti Area FlaK Detachment)